Academic Advising Center

In SCI, you will be assigned to a full time, primary role academic advisor with whom you will work during your entire time as an undergraduate in our school. The relationship you build with your academic advisor will be integral to your intellectual, personal and professional growth. Academic advisors will help you to make informed educational choices regarding course selection as well as co-curricular and experiential education opportunities.

By working with an academic advisor, you will learn about:

  • Why the classes for your major and gen eds are required
  • How to develop a comprehensive, cohesive, educational plan, which includes planning ahead and choosing classes and activities to help you enjoy and make the most out of your education
  • The purposes of higher education
  • The missions and values of SCI and the University of Pittsburgh
  • The concept of polymathy
  • How you like, what you are good at, and what is important to you matters in the choices you make

All students at the University of Pittsburgh are required to meet with their academic advisors at least once per semester, but, in SCI, we encourage you to meet with us more often.


We envision academic advising as a relationship with shared responsibilities. Learn what you can expect.

General Education Requirements

Learn more about general education requirements for the School of Computing and Information.

Major and Minor Declaration

Find the requirements and deadlines for SCI students to declare majors, and all Pitt students to declare SCI minors.


All SCI Students are required to take placement assessments prior to the beginning of their first term at Pitt. These assessments are used to help you and your academic advisor understand your preparation for college-level courses.

Contact the SCI Advising Center

Meet the advising team, find out how to reach your assigned academic advisor, and learn how to get in touch with us if you aren't yet in SCI.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors are professors who can provide domain-specific advice to undergraduate students who have declared their major in Computer Science. See Faculty Mentor assignments and contact information here.